A older couple receives life-shattering news the
week of their 45th wedding anniversary.
45 Years (2015)
Written and Directed by Andrew Haigh
Starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay
Based on the short story "In Another Country"
by David Constantine
Oscar Nominations - Best Actress (Charlotte Rampling)
I really enjoy a film about marriage for some reason. It doesn’t really matter what stage of the marriage but in 45 years, the main couple has been married for exactly that long. The film is based on the short story “In Another Country” written by David Constantine. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay were recognized at numerous award shows, rightly so. It’s a slow and steady film with some jaw-dropping shots and perfect acting.
Kate and Geoff Mercer are an older couple from Norwich who are approaching their 45th wedding anniversary. The film shows one day at a time during the week leading up to a party they planned out to celebrate with their friends and family at the Assembly House. On the first day, Geoff receives an alarming letter in the mail about a lover he had in his younger days who passed away over five decades ago. The timing of this throws Kate and Geoff off, forcing them to have some conversations they didn’t have for 45 years.
Charlotte Rampling is doing some must-see acting in 45 Years as Kate. She is using every single muscle in her body to convey the annoyance and refusal to accept something from so long ago. Tom Courtenay does a wonderful job as Geoff, but Rampling is something otherworldly. The cinematography is breathtaking thanks to Lol Crawley and his ability to capture close and wide shots perfectly. Andrew Haigh has been working pretty consistently over the past decade on some films and TV shows, but 45 Years is easily his best stuff in my opinion.